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The 10 stars of the EURO 2016 in line for a transfer

Major tournaments have always been a shop window for the best and biggest names in the game but have also given unprecedented opportunities for players who ply their trade out of the spotlight. So it will surely be in France.

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Top, L to R: Hamsik and Payet Bottom, L to R: Candreva, Perisic, Milik and Hector Source: Getty Images

Without further ado, meet the men who might be about to sign the biggest paychecks of their lives at the conclusion of their EURO 2016 campaign.

1. DIMITRI PAYET- France
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Age: 29
Position: Attacking midfielder
Club: West Ham United (England)
Potential transfer fee: $90-100 million

There’s speculation Chelsea could launch a £60 million ($117.5 million) for Payet but given he turns 30 in March, that figure seems outlandish. Brilliant though he has been for West Ham, and truly sensational at this European Championship, they did only spend $20 million on his services and should be thinking about cashing in while Payet’s value is at an all-time high.

2. IVAN PERISIC - Croatia
Age: 27
Position: Winger
Club: Inter Milan (Italy)
Potential transfer fee: $45-50 million

Perišić was very solid for Inter in his first season in Serie A, scoring nine goals and offering up six assists. A $24.1 million move from Wolfsburg last August is a fee Inter can instantly make back, with a huge profit margin on top, were they interested in selling. They say they’re not, but the money could be huge. He’s enjoying a fantastic Euros - with the winner against Spain adding to his value - and his price could go even further north in the weeks ahead.



3. ROMELU LUKAKU - Belgium
Age: 23
Position: Striker
Club: Everton (England)
Potential transfer fee: $110-120 million

Lukaku


It’s hard to believe Lukaku only just turned 23, for it seems as though he’s been around for years. New Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be desperate to keep his star striker but the offers might be to hard to refuse, especially now he’s found form in France. But agent Mino Raiola says "only the top teams in the world" can afford the €80 million ($120.5 million) asking price: "The top Premier League teams, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG."



4. FABIAN SCHAR - Switzerland

Position: Centre-back
Age: 24
Club: 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)
Potential transfer fee: $18-25 million

Schar


It was a tough initiation for Schär in the Bundesliga last season after crossing over from FC Basel, with Hoffenheim finishing one place above Eintracht Frankfurt, who had to survive a relegation play-off. But the Swiss centre-half has clearly learned a lot from that experience to become a key player for the national team. He scored the winner against Albania and, outside of the Spanish trio of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergio Ramos, his 94 per cent passing completion is the highest for any player with over 180 passes. With Dortmund losing Mats Hummels to Bayern, is Schär the ideal replacement?


5. MICHAEL McGOVERN - Northern Ireland
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 31
Club: Hamilton Academical (Scotland)
Potential transfer fee: Free

Michael McGovern


Described as “phenomenal” by his manager Michael O’Neill, McGovern shapes as the Keylor Navas (who earned a move to Real Madrid after starring for Costa Rica at Brazil 2014) of this tournament. Even Jens Lehmann has admitted he’ll be trying to get his number in an effort to ship him off to the Bundesliga. Sadly, the cash-strapped Accies won’t see a bar of McGovern’s big pay day - he’s available on a free transfer. As for McGovern, this next deal might change his life.

6. ARKADIUSZ MILIK - Poland
Age: 22
Position: Striker
Club: Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Potential transfer fee: $30-35 million

Already touted as one of the best young strikers in Europe before this tournament, Milik has only enhanced his standing in France. A fabulous return of 21 goals in 31 games put the continent on alert about his talents and there’s strong  talk of a move to England. Everton are known to be interested in the case that Lukaku finds a new home. He’s already scored a winner against Northern Ireland and is getting plenty of shots away.

7. MAREK HAMSIK - Slovakia
Age: 28
Position: Midfielder
Club: Napoli (Italy)
Potential transfer fee: $65-70 million

Liverpool are rumoured to have already made a €45 million ($67.8 million) bid for the Slovakia star and that could only be described as money well spent. Indeed, many would argue he should have been signed over a year ago as a direct replacement for Steven Gerrard. Napoli will be in no mood to sell, however, and it wouldn’t surprise to see them either dig in to hold him or demand a much higher fee.

8. MEHMET TOPAL - Turkey
Age: 30
Position: Defensive midfielder
Club: Fenerbache (Turkey)
Potential transfer fee: Free

TOPAL


Overlook his performance against Spain, when he was played out of position as a central defender and struggled. But his effort against the Czech Republic was herculean, making 11 clearances and dominating everything around him. There’s also a hint of unfinished business at club level, having never quite made the impression expected during his two-year spell at Valencia. He’s still a top player, however, and for any club seeking an instant, stabilising presence in midfield, he looms as a bargain pick. Tottenham Hotspur were recently linked with a Bosman move.


9. JONAS HECTOR - Germany
Age: 26
Position: Left-back
Club: FC Köln (Germany)
Potential transfer fee: $20-25 million

Not thought of as one of the brightest stars of this GermanY team, Hector has had the critics thumbing through his biography throughout the group stages. He got the better of UkrainE star Andriy Yarmolenko in the opening game and hasn’t looked back. UEFA’s player rankings put him at 12th overall - some feat given that’s above Hamsik and N’Golo Kante. Left-backs are always in demand and Köln will soon be fielding strong offers.

10. ANTONIO CANDREVA - Italy
Age: 29
Position: Midfielder/winger
Club: Lazio (Italy)
Potential transfer fee: $40-45 million

Bought for just €5.7 million ($8.6 million) two years ago from Udinese, Candreva looks terrific value - not only for his club but also his country. Coach Antonio Conte is a huge fan, and with Conte moving to Chelsea in a few weeks, there’s already talk in England about Chelsea making a £25 million ($49.1 million) offer. That figure seems a little high, but if Candreva keeps performing the way he has been, it might represent good value.

(Figures in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise)


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Published 23 June 2016 at 9:57am
By Sebastian Hassett
Source: SBS